McFadden Publishes Article in Studies in American Humor

Margaret McFadden, the Christian A. Johnson Professor of Integrative Liberal Learning and Professor of American Studies, published an articled titled “‘Yoo-Hoo, Prosperity!: Eddie Cantor and the Great Depression” in the fall 2015 issue of Studies in American Humor, the premier humor studies journal in the United States.

Benissan Leads African Music Ensemble at UU Church

Messan Jordan Benissan, applied music associate at Colby, will lead an African drumming ensemble comprising 33 student musicians at the Waterville Unitarian-Universalist Church at 10 a.m. Jan. 17 as part of the church’s commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The ensemble includes students participating in Benissan’s Jan Plan course, African Music, a hands-on introduction...

Dissanayake and McClenachan Paper Accepted for Publication

Assistant Professor of Economics Sahan Dissanayake and Ainslie Assistant Professor Environmental Studies Loren McClenachan had their paper, “Fair Trade Fish: Consumer Support for Broader Seafood Sustainability,” accepted for publication in Fish and Fisheries, the number-one ranked journal in fisheries. A Goldfarb Center grant provided funding for data collection, and data analysis was conducted by students, including...

Sheehan Speaks on Visual Culture at Bryn Mawr Colloquium

Tanya Sheehan, associate professor and chair of the Art Department, will speak in the Bryn Mawr College Colloquium in Visual Culture Jan. 27. Her lecture, titled “Changing the Joke: Racial Humor and American Vernacular Photography,” will examine the cultural work that amateur comic photographic tropes performed in progressive-era United States.

Hudson Publishes Op-Ed on Climate Change

In a Bangor Daily News op-ed, Reuben Hudson, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry, challenges industry to apply the lessons learned in the 1980s about ozone depletion to climate change today. “Until industry can further bring down the cost and widen the availability of solar, wind and other alternatives through continued innovation,” Hudson wrote, “its powerful voice will...

Tortora Featured on New Books in Military History Podcast

Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora is featured in an hour-long interview on the podcast New Books in Military History discussing his new book, Carolina in Crisis: Cherokees, Colonists, and Slaves in the American Southeast, 1756-1763, published in 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press. Interviewer Bob Wintermute of Queens College, CUNY, praises the...

Leonard Signs Contract for Biography of Gen. Benjamin Butler

Professor Elizabeth Leonard, Colby’s John J. and Cornelia V. Gibson Professor of History, recently received an advance book contract from the University of North Carolina Press for a biography of Benjamin Franklin Butler, a renowned Union general in the Civil War  and a member of Colby’s Class of 1838. The book, slated for publication in...

Chan Publishes Article on Green Markets

Assistant Professor of Economics Nathan W. Chan published the article “Misinformation and Its Implications for Green Markets” in the journal Strategic Behavior and the Environment, December 2015. Chan’s areas of expertise include environmental and natural resource economics, public economics, microeconomic theory, and applied game theory.

Kyle Stevens Publishes on Teaching the Film Casablanca

Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Kyle Stevens recently published an essay on teaching the classic film Casablanca in The Cine-Files, an online scholarly journal of cinema studies. The film, he argues, presents an opportunity to see how surprisingly complex classical Hollywood style can be. His piece is titled, “Teaching Casablanca: Clay, Ink, Documentary, Set.”

Burke Publishes Essay in Down East

Professor of English Michael Burke published an essay, “Into the Wildwood,”  in the December 2015 issue of Down East magazine. The evocative piece describes the unusual experience of attending a winter solstice service in a tiny, off-the-grid church in the remote community of Reeds Mill, Maine.

Fleming Lectures in Beijing on Climate

Professor of Science, Technology, and Society James R. Fleming ​will present four lectures in December on climate science, history, and culture in Beijing​, People’s Republic of China. Fleming has been appointed ​an executive member of the council of History of Meteorological Science and Technology, Chinese Society for the History of Science and Technology.

Atkins and Students at Race Amity Conference

Six students joined Joe Atkins, coordinator of multicultural student programs, at the Race Amity Conference Nov. 19-21 in Quincy, Mass., reports Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. “There are people who are very happy to sit down and have difficult discussions and learn from each other’s experiences,” said Atkins, who oversees the Campus Conversations on Race program...

Maxwell Speaks on “Maine Calling” About AI

Professor of Computer Science Bruce Maxwell spoke about artificial intelligence (AI) on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” Nov. 24. The 50-minute program discussed what AI is and its uses in today’s society.

Razsa Receives Prestigious Wenner-Gren Fellowship

Maple Razsa, associate professor of anthropology, was awarded the Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethnographic Film from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. The prestigious award, given to “scholars to devote themselves to full-time work on a research-related film,” allows Razsa to continue his work on his documentary film The Maribor Uprising: A Live Interactive Documentary about a 2012 uprising in...

Professors Coauthor JAMA Pediatrics Report on Concussions

Coauthors of a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics about concussion-like symptom reporting in high school athletes include Colby professors Joseph Atkins (psychology) and Bruce Maxwell (computer science) and Medical Director Paul Berkner, D.O. They conclude that girls and students with a preexisting health conditions are more likely to report symptoms of concussions.

Behavioral Economics is Focus of New Anderson Professorship

If so much mainstream economic theory is based on the assumption that people are rational and act in their own self interest, why do they make so many lousy decisions, particularly about saving and investing money? That’s a question that Leonard Wolk, Colby’s new Todger Anderson Assistant Professor of Investing and Behavioral Economics, ponders, researches,...

Faculty Discuss Foreign Language Teaching at Museum Conference

Colby’s Curator of Academic Programs Shalini Le Gall led a panel titled Foreign Language Teaching at Colby at the New England Museum Association’s annual conference in Portland, Maine, Nov. 5, 2015. Colby professors Audrey Brunetaux, (French), Arne Koch, (German), and Anita Savo (Spanish) described creating opportunities for teaching and learning in the Colby College Museum of Art.

Tortora Addresses Seminar on French and Indian War

Assistant Professor of History Daniel Tortora presented his research in November at the 27th annual Jumonville French and Indian War Seminar in western Pennsylvania. On Nov. 6 he joined scholars for a tour of French and Indian War sites, including Fort Necessity National Battlefield and the grave of Major General Edward Braddock. On Nov. 7...

Blevins Collection Reviewed and Excerpted

Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean—Appalachian Outsiders Tell All, a collection of essays edited by Adrian Blevins (English) and Karen McElmurray, was the subject of an extensive review in The Read on WNC, an online journal. “As 31 authors show, you can’t judge a region by its cover story. For it’s not just outsiders who...

Sheehan Speaks in Zurich on Photography and Race

On Oct. 30, 2015, Tanya Sheehan, associate professor and chair of Colby’s Department of Art, will speak at the international symposium The Colors of Photography at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Sheehan’s talk, “Color Matters: Rethinking Photography and Race,” is derived from her current research on racial thinking in contemporary art photography and the historiography of photography.